I Do Ido Cap 10
“I’d actually like it if the world suddenly ended,” muses Ma Dae-choong, and so begins Love Cells.
The series — literally translated as “Dating DNA”– is based off the popular Naver webtoon of the same name that ran from 2010 through 2012. It premiered online on November 3rd and made headlines for receiving more than 4 million views within three weeks of its launch, unprecedented progress by any web drama thus far.
Name: 이장우 / Lee Jang Woo
Profession: Actor and singer
Blood type: O
Star sign: Gemini
Family: Cousin/singer/actor Hwan Hee
KPOP group name: 24/7
Hobbies: Basketball, watching movies
Skills: singing and playing the violin
I Do, I Do (MBC, 2012)
Glory Jane @ Man of Honor (KBS, 2011)
Smile, Dong Hae (KBS1, 2010)
Three Brothers (KBS2, 2009)
Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun (MBC, 2009)
Kokkiri (MBC, 2008)
90 Days, Falling in Love Days (MBC, 2006)
K-pop’s international fan diaspora is a community bound together by a common love of music, despite the distance between them. These i-fans communicate from the sweltering heat of Indonesia to the snowed-under suburbs of America, largely thanks to technology. As well as being united over their love of K-pop, they are also, unfortunately, united in their pain. I-fans face struggles that no other community faces, with only those affected by it truly understanding this plight. This article has been written to raise awareness of this issue, and hopefully to inspire change.
Name: 정유미 / Jung Yoo Mi (Jeong Yu Mi)
Birthdate: February 23, 1984
Rooftop Prince (SBS, 2012)
A Thousand Days’ Promise (SBS, 2011)
Dong Yi (MBC, 2010)
Assorted Gems (MBC, 2009)
Friend, Our Legend (MBC, 2009)
The Painter of the Wind (SBS, 2008)
Dae Wang Sejong (KBS, 2008)
Lotus Flower Fairy (MBC, 2004)
Terms of Endearment (KBS2, 2004)
Follow your favorite idol or actor long enough and the question “what is your ideal type?” is bound to come up. And no matter how much you deny it, who hasn’t secretly thought “Hell yeah, my chances just went from 0 to .00000002%!!”? After all, they have to marry somebody eventually.
But before you start picking out that wedding dress, here’s a bite of some of the most successful guys riding the Hallyu wave. Could you be their Miss Right?
NICOLE - FIRST ROMANCE
The ex-KARA member released her first solo album on November 19. There were plenty who helped her with her debut. SHINee"s Key helped her with her fashion sense and style, Dongwoo apparently did her a favor by being in her song (probably because, from most accounts, he"s a nice guy), and former bandmate Hara tweeted about her solo debut. Nothing wrong with friends helping out :) In the short interview in her showcase she said,"I am about to tear up. This is my first solo album, and I hope to make precious memories during my promotion period. I hope to see you often."
"Innocent?" (ft. Boa of SPICA) is the first track on the the disc, Boa singing along to a melody and Nicole doing spoken word on the track. Not only that, it definitely echoes, giving it an experimental feel to it. Regardless, I enjoyed it; it"s not really something I hear in K-pop. Kudos to the composers.
The lead single, "MAMA," is a mid-tempo tune, starting with a faux-organ accompaniment and moving along at a decent clip. You can hear echoes of pianos and spoken words in the bridges between chorus and verse. It"s a rather catchy and enjoyable tune. I had expected it to be more about her mother than it was; the message is "let"s get some couple time while mom"s asleep."
"7-2=Misunderstanding" (ft. Dongwoo Of INFINITE) is where we cross into ballad territory. The tune starts with Nicole talking and then launches into Dongwoo half-rapping, half-singing. I like the song structure: honeyed vocals are a contrast to Dongwoo"s raspy voice, each explaining about their love. The title refers to the 7 and the 2 positions on a standard clock face, almost as far apart as two hands can be. The lyrics equate this to not understanding each other enough to make love work.
The fourth track is "Joker" (ft. Ricky ), a straight-ahead pop song that has her singing along to what sounds like someone whistling, except it"s so precise that it"s likely synthetic. I can also hear what sounds like a xylophone in the instrumentation. An artist named Ricky has a turn in here, rapping near the end. I"m not sure if it"s Ricky Kim, Ricky from TEEN TOP, or? No matter who he is, the raps are on point and the tune is better for it. The song is about jealousy and laughing while she"s actually crying; it"s an odd topic for an upbeat tune.
They slow the tempo way down for "LOVE," a lovelorn ballad sung to guitar and piano. It"s competent enough, but I wasn"t entirely sold on it. Three guesses what it"s about :)
There"s a preponderance of spoken word parts on this album. It"s an interesting conceit: try to drum up a more personal response by having Nicole talk to you. Does it work? I think so. She has a pretty voice, whether she"s singing or talking. And I enjoyed the album. The oddity that I saw is that there are no straight-up dance tracks. Maybe they"re trying to debut her as a more mature artist now?
She is said to have had a fair amount of input into her songs and her style, and, if that"s the case, I like the way she thinks. These are all pretty solid songs and the only one I didn"t care for was "LOVE," but I am not a ballad guy in most cases. She"s definitely shed KARA; I didn"t really hear any influences on this EP that reminded me of them. I"ve read that she cried a lot making "First Romance." As far as my ears are concerned, she needn"t have worried so much. This a daebak solo debut, and now I"m hungry for more.
MV REVIEW - "MAMA"
Let me start out by saying that I really thought this MV was fantastic. Not terribly over-the-top sexy, but still sexy. There was distinct absence of plot here; although there may have been scenes with symbolism, they escaped me.
I thought her costumes were pretty dazzling. From a miniskirt to hooded bodysuits and whatever-that-was with the spiderweb-like designs (obviously, I"m not a fashionista). But again, I commend the people in charge of wardrobe.
I really was entertained by the way certain scenes lined right up with the music. For example, there"s a break and she lets all the balloons fly but one, and the song ends with a piano riff that is echoed by the male lead"s fingers dancing on her hip like it were a keyboard. There were even more scenes that did this sort of thing. That is serious technical artistry there.
This had more subtlety to it than I"m used to seeing nowadays. And that is a great thing. Too many times they try to film these girls twerking, shove them into barely-there outfits, and then, because they can"t think of a better dance, they have them thrust their hips at the camera. It becomes almost a parody at that point, overused and typical.
This is an example of the kind of video I want to see more of. These idol singers are all attractive. There is little to be gained by showing them off more than normal and then constantly shoving it in our faces. They"re hot, I get it. But I remember a time, pre-2013, when that kind of thing was relatively rare. I wouldn"t mind seeing more videos like this, where the girls are hot, but the artistry is there too.
Name: 이정헌 / Lee Jung Hun (Lee Jeong Heon)
Birthplace: North Gyeongsang, South Korea
Star sign: Virgo
Blood type: B
The True Colors (KBS2, 2012)
You’ve Fallen for Me (MBC, 2011)
Sign (SBS, 2011)
Father’s Place (SBS, 2009)
Desire to Kill (2009)
Attack the Gas Station 2 (2009)
No Mercy (2009)
Dachimawa Lee (2008)
The Guard Post (2007)
Humming (2007, cameo)
Seven Days (2007)
Big Bang (2007)
The Best Romance (2007)
If You Were Me 2 (2005)
Crying Fist (2004, cameo)
Ghost House (2004, cameo)
Strokes of Fire (2002)
Public Enemy (2002)
Love Wind, Love Song (1998)
[KpopStarz One Global K! Chart] BEAST, Yoo Hee Yeol, Super Junior's Kyuhyun, And More; Who Ranks #1 For The Third Week Of November
The third week of November is here and we have a new number one for this week.
Ranking number one for the third week of November is BEAST as they move up one spot. BEAST and their single titled, "12:30" remains a hit amongst their fans even though they are finished with promotions.
With the love from the fans, BEAST won their eighth first place trophy on the November 14th episode of "Music Bank" last week. Male trio group Epik High was number one last week.
Starting from July 7, the relatively new talk show by JTBC, Abnormal Summit is no doubt one of the hottest TV programs in South Korea for the latter half of 2014. With an unfavorable air time, which is Mondays at 11pm, rating for the premiere episode was only 1.8%. However, this number has quickly escalated, and by episode 10, the program has reached a shocking rating of 6%. It broke its own record by marking a 6.8% peak for the following episode. With such a success for the show itself, Abnormal Summit has also put a spotlight on the guests, the newest foreign celebrities of Korean showbiz.
In the settling dust of their respective contract termination lawsuits, former Exo members Wu Yifan (Kris) and Luhan have re-emerged in the entertainment industry with schedules suggesting movie roles and promotional appearances.
These activities are not newsworthy in themselves, consisting mainly of minor roles and sad songs for movie soundtracks, but it’s the implication behind them that makes the public pay attention. This is the Chinese entertainment industry. Wu Yifan and Luhan are formerly of SM, Exo, and K-pop, and now they are embarking on new careers as entertainers in China.
Name: 이효정 / Lee Hyo Jung
Star sign: Capricorn
I’ll Give You The Stars and The Moon (KBS1, 2012)
TV Novel Bok Hee (KBS2, 2011)
The Princess’ Man (KBS2, 2011)
City Hunter (SBS, 2011)
New Tales of Gisaeng (SBS, 2011)
Kim Soo Ro (MBC, 2010)
Giant (SBS, 2010)
Jejoongwon (SBS, 2010)
Hometown Legends (KBS2, 2009)
East of Eden (MBC, 2008)
Snow in August (SBS, 2007)
Yeon Gae Somun (SBS, 2006)
As the River Flows (KBS1, 2006)
Princess Lulu (SBS, 2005)
Queen of Conditions (SBS, 2005)
Green Rose (SBS, 2005)
Hello My Teacher (SBS, 2005)
The Immortal Lee Soon-Shin (KBS1, 2004)
The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
Love is All Around (MBC, 2004)
Forgiveness (KBS2, 2004)
Beijing My Love (KBS, 2004)
Escape From Unemployment (SBS, 2003)
Not Divorced (KBS2, 2003)
Sunrise House (SBS, 2002)
Rustic Period (SBS, 2002)
Five Brothers and Sisters (SBS, 2002)
Dawn of the Empire (KBS1, 2002)
Ladies of the Palace (SBS, 2001)
Because of You (MBC, 2000)
Legend of Ambition (KBS2, 1998)
Women (SBS, 1997)
Open Your Heart (MBC, 1996)
Marriage (SBS, 1993)
Jealousy (MBC, 1992)
Do idols feel a sense of dread from the pressure when their directors tell them they need to do it in one take, or else their whole group will have to redo the whole shot again and again?
It is no secret that idols work extremely hard behind the scenes to perfect their performances. Oftentimes, this comes at an expense to their health as they forgo sleep and food in order to fully prepare for performances. With a crowded market place, it has become more difficult for idols to stand out amongst their contemporaries. Groups have tried different methods to make their work product more impressive. With music videos, one such approach is the art of the one take. Because of its use of one long continuous shot, the video feels simplistic, but the practice and setup that goes on behind the scenes to make an interesting one shot video is extensive. There are a few techniques of shooting that are relied utilized to keep the viewer interested. In more recent times, K-pop has favored the one shot dance MV, but there have been a few instances where the one take video style has been used to convey another feeling.
Welcome back to another edition of OST Roundups! Last month was a rather slow month for OSTs, although the OST powerhouse drama of the month belongs to… My Lovable Girl, who released a whopping total of 12 tracks. Given that it’s a drama about the idol world, probably only 10% of its airtime is actually about idols. Despite that, it has still managed to squeeze in a number of cameos, as well as a few original songs, which is more or less what populates its OST album. Without further ado, let’s get to this month’s list!
Actor group 5urprise are set to make their debut as idols with the release of their first album on November 18. After taking a year to focus on individual acting activities, the five members have come together to take on the musical side of their actor-idols concept. The single, entitled “From My Heart,” will be the group’s first serious musical pursuit. Fantagio, the group’s agency, also announced plans for a six country Asian tour, cementing 5urprises’ intention to transition from actors to idols.
As a 7-member group, Infinite is possibly one of the most diverse groups out there in terms of the various preferred styles of the members. Judging from the various projects that the members have participated in, Infinite is no doubt a group with a wealth of possibilities. From the cool and slick hip-hop duo Infinite H, to the cheesy Toheart collaboration, there’s almost no whiff of the 99.9% synchronization group that we’re so familiar with. With the impending debut of the popular maknae’s line Infinite F, let’s take a look at other potential sub-units that could be something worth exploring.
Episode 5 of “Modern Farmer” gets off to a nice start with Kang Yoon Hee and Park Sang Deuk talking to each other about how nice it was for Lee Min Ki and the others to work so hard for the village. Though their gesture is small in comparison to everything else they have messed up, it is still nice. Realizing that she needs to go feed the cows, Kang Yoon Hee leaves.
To her surprise, Kang Yoon Hee finds Kang Hyuk playing the piano out by the cows. (It’s Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 by the way! #classicalmusician)
Name: 김윤서 / Kim Yoon Seo
Star sign: Aries
Education: Dankook University
Talent agency: J&S Entertainment
Glass Mask (TvN, 2012)
A Gentleman’s Dignity (SBS, 2012) cameo
Love You (SBS Plus, 2012)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Live in Style (SBS, 2011)
The Duo (MBC, 2011)
Tempted Again (MBC, 2009)
She"s been cast as the female lead in MBC Every1"s "Love Frequency 37.2", for which the premise is one that deals with the love issues of various listeners of a radio show, which is being illegally hosted by a "DJ Captain" (played by Yoon Gun). Ahyoung will be playing different characters for each episode, and and for the second radio listener story, she will be the female lead.
Name: 이병준 / Lee Byung Joon
Star sign: Aquarius
Talent agency: Starfox Media
Faith @ The Great Doctor (SBS, 2012)
Bridal Mask (KBS2, 2012)
Goodbye Dear Wife (Channel A, 2012)
Salamander Guru and the Gang (SBS, 2012)
Me Too, Flower! (MBC, 2011)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Birdie Buddy (tvN, 2011)
Myung Wol the Spy (KBS2, 2011)
Dream High Season 1 (KBS2, 2011)
Secret Garden (SBS, 2010)
Call of the Country (KBS2, 2010)
God of Study (KBS2, 2010)
Tempted Again (MBC, 2009)
A Man’s Story (KBS2, 2009)
Cinderella Man (MBC, 2009)
Don’t Ask Me About the Past (OCN, 2008)
Kokkiri (MBC, 2008)
Money’s Warfare (SBS, 2007) Bonus Round
Me Ri, Dae Gu’s Attack and Defense Battle (MBC, 2007)
Mackerel Run (SBS, 2007)
Hyena (tvN, 2006)
Fashion 70′s (SBS, 2005)
Romance (MBC, 2005)
Name: 권병길 / Kwon Byung Gil (Gwon Byeong Gil)
Birthplace: Cheongyang, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Star sign: Scorpio
The Great Gift (SBS, 2011)
Sign (SBS, 2011)
Harvest Villa (tvN, 2010)
General Hospital 2 (MBC, 2008)
Special Crime Investigation (KBS2, 2006)